Chaos at Gatwick Airport: Man arrested and car park cordoned off by police

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A man was arrested at Gatwick Airport as a car park was cordoned off by police.

There are also unconfirmed reports of armed police at the scene, leaving passengers in “total chaos” in the airport’s North Terminal.

Sussex Police said on Twitter: We are currently dealing with an incident at Gatwick Airport.

“A man was arrested. As a precaution, the drop-off car park at the North Terminal is cordoned off. We will provide more information as soon as we are able.”

A traveler posted an image of the scene showing police cars parked on a street.

Cassie Parkes tweeted: “Trying to get to Gatwick’s North Terminal and it’s completely closed, apparently due to a suspicious vehicle.”

Police have not confirmed whether the incident was linked to a suspicious vehicle.

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Other passengers said on social media they landed at the North Terminal to “total chaos” with up to 20 police cars on the scene.

One Twitter user wrote: “Just landed at the North Terminal an hour ago and there has been an incident which resulted in it being cordoned off with at least 20 police cars + armed police etc. Had to walk to the south terminal to catch the train.”

Shuttle buses to and from the North Terminal have also been cancelled.

It comes as travel chaos at several UK airports, including Gatwick, has hampered thousands of passengers in recent weeks.

It was reported last week that Gatwick Airport is suffering “a meltdown every night” due to staff shortages in the air traffic control tower, insiders have revealed.

Staff shortages have reportedly forced bosses repeatedly to restrict the number of incoming and outgoing flights at Britain’s second busiest airport.

Passengers using Gatwick have faced travel chaos in recent weeks



At one point last week, arrivals per hour were reduced from 34 to 22, causing misery for passengers.

However, EasyJet pilots warn that the summer’s travel chaos has not yet peaked.

A source told the Times there have been “repeated problems” with air traffic control restrictions at Gatwick.

They said the airport was suffering an “overnight collapse” with cumulative delays, adding: “At the end of the day, it may be the case that airlines are forced to cancel the last flight of the day, either because the crew ran out Working hours or because the arrival airport will be closed until landing.”

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